Sunday, July 28, 2013

What is the Value of a Free Press?

This is a question I am asking in my new post up at Speak Liberty NOW.  I had been doing a little historical research about how our founding generation viewed the need and importance of a free press.  In doing so I stumbled upon an amazing quote, seemingly lost to history by French political philosopher Volney that really nails the importance of a truly free press for a free society.  Check it out here.

Friday, June 14, 2013

More Stuff Posted

I have another piece up over at Speak Liberty Now.  This one deals with the constant refrain we are hearing from government apologists about the "legality" of the NSA data mining program.  One of the things I have to say about that:
And just like the NSA data mining, we had to actually KNOW it was happening to raise that outcry.  If when the people hear of these things, and they scream out that it is wrong and it shouldn't be happening, then legal and right (or acceptable if you wish) have veered away from each other, and simply defending the legality (especially if you are being nothing but a hypocritical, tribal, partisan shill) means you are missing the point.  All of those things listed above were considered legal at some point, but that did not make them right.
Check out the rest here .

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New Stuff Up at Speak Liberty NOW

I am very happy to announce that I am a now a contributor to Speak Liberty NOW, a great site full of diverse opinions and writings dealing with the liberty movement.  My first work deals with the ridiculous and scandalous degree to which we have allowed our free speech rights to be degraded.  Hope you enjoy.
Story here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Use It Before You Lose It

I ran across this quote while doing some research.  It comes from CATO'S LETTERS OR Essays on Liberty, Civil and Religious, and Other Important Subjects By John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon 1720-23.  This link is the relevant one and the overall site has a few other transcripts on there, definitely worth a read if you have the time.

If you are looking for a chuckle and a way to throw some sand in the gears check out this gem about NSA surveillance from the people at Funny or Die:

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tragically Funny

I saw this on a twitter feed, and it was so tragically and unfortunately funny I had to share:

And this is just as funny courtesy of the folks over at Slate: